The new adaptive kayak launch installed at Lake Nockamix in Bucks County, PA is a big deal for many area adaptive athletes. They were not the only ones who have a great sense of pride in the project. The Friends of Lake Nockamixon State Park and Nockamixon Sail Club both assisted in the fundraising efforts to get the adaptive launch to installed at the lake. The adaptive kayak launch and BoardSafe's adaptive specialist Ken Ryno are featured on the cover of the sailing club's fall newsletter. Click to image to read the article.
The launch area sits at the edge of the parking lot. BoardSafe manufactured four, accessible aluminum picnic tables with bench cutouts to allow wheelchairs to easily roll up to and under the tables. Additionally, aluminum kayak racks were placed in the kayak launch area for boat storage. The aluminum, adaptive kayak launch has a low threshold to allow adaptive athletes to roll from the parking lot onto the gangway and on to the floating dock. A boat slide is adjacent and parallel to the gangway to allow for easy towing onto the floating dock. From there the adaptive paddler transitions out of their chair and onto the transition bench using the rail to slide down the bench beside the boat. Using the cage, bars and handstraps the paddler can gain leverage and control to lower themselves into the cockpit and safely adjust the boat. The submarine launch bars cradle the boat to provide a secure and steady transition in and out of the boat.
The third adaptive kayak launch in the state of Pennsylvania. The other two launches are located at Leaser Lake in Lehigh County and Beltzville Lake in Carbon County. All of the three accessible boat launches were manufacturer and install by BoardSafe.
In December 2017, BoardSafe installed an aluminum pedestrian bridge in Allentown. The custom manufactured pedestrian bridge was requested by Lehigh County for their park and historic property at Haines Mill.
Each year thousands of Lehigh Valley residents visit the 37.5-acre Haines Mill park. Some come to fish Cedar Creek that runs through the park and others have a picnic at the tables along the creek. Some come for sport and enjoy the youth soccer field and cricket pitch. Hundreds of students come with their school classes to tour Haines Mill Museum. A bridge was needed for students to safely cross the Cedar Creek and avoid walking along the busy roadway to access the museum and park.
On Saturday, January, 20, 2018, Cabela’s, the outdoor super store in Hamburg, PA, hosted an information expo and fair featuring organizations and businesses that provide access for disabled hunters, boaters and anglers. Over 30 organizations were represented with hundreds of adaptive products on showcase.
BoardSafe was present featuring its adaptive kayak and boat launch, which helps paddlers safely transfer from their wheelchair into the cockpit of their boat.
For information about an adaptive kayak launch for a lake or river near you, call us to discuss the details of your project at 610-899-0286. Our experts will guide you through the process from best practices in fundraising for the accessible floating docks and launch to customizing the structure to your aquatic environment and surrounding habitat. Visit boardsafedocks.com.
Photo to the left is a newspaper clipping from The Reading Eagle, the local newspaper in Reading, Berks County, PA.